Deputy President William Ruto refused to disclose his net worth during BBC HARDtalk interview aired on Monday.
Mr Ruto opted to tell the host, Stephen Sackur, to “do his homework”, when the interviewer asked him to declare the value of everything he owns.
“That information is available in public domain. I encourage you to Google and find out what William Ruto owns. I am prepared to tell you where to find that information, Sackur,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Sackur immediately chimed in, saying: “Do you think that information you are telling me makes any sense?”
Mr Ruto replied: “Of course, it does. It doesn’t make sense to you?
Mr Sackur, in response, said: “Not really, because you do not want to tell me how much you are worth, [yet you say it is in public domain]?”
The DP, seemingly, worked up, said: “Why don’t you do your homework?”
“I am very keen on doing my homework,” said Mr Sackur.
“Please, do your homework and get the numbers,” said the DP.
In the BBC interview, the DP denied claims that Kenyans perceive only him to be the “most corrupt” politician in the country.
“If you look at that [Ipsos] list [that placed me as a leader perceived to be the most corrupt], it had William Ruto, a former president [Daniel Moi], the current president [Uhuru Kenyatta], the former prime minister [Raila Odinga]… Largely, all the political leaders that exist today in Kenya were in that order. That tells you that the whole corruption narrative has been politicised,” said Mr Ruto.
“We have the fight against corruption on the eyeball. The country today believes that this [Jubilee] administration is serious about the fight against corruption. And, there are results that are clearly bearing fruits; the number of prosecutions, the number of convictions; if they are anything to go by, then it tells you that the country has changed the trajectory on matters to do with corruption,” added the DP.
In the same interview, Mr Ruto acknowledged that the 0.77 hectares of land that his Weston Hotel sits on was illegally acquired.
The deputy president said he “innocently” bought the land from its original owners, who had “illegally” obtained it.
Mr Ruto, however, said he is doing everything possible to ensure that the “illegalities” are corrected.
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